Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa, Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi, 2010

Alonso and Massa test drive Ferrari’s rollercoaster

Abu Dhabi GP pre-race picturesPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Ferrari have has a busy start to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend.

As well as revealing a new sponsor Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa have been exploring the new Ferrari World theme park and riding the Formula Rosso rollercoaster. At 240kph (149mph) it’s the fastest in the world.

See below for more pictures of what Ferrari and the other teams have been up to since arriving in Abu Dhabi.

Here’s a video of Alonso and Massa on the Formula Rossa:

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Images ?? Ferrari spa, Renault/LAT, Williams/LAT, Bridgestone/Ercole Colombo, www.mclaren.com, Getty Images/Red Bull, Force India F1 Team, Lotus F1, Virgin Racing

50 comments on “Alonso and Massa test drive Ferrari’s rollercoaster”

      1. Probably because he’s not in control of the thing, a common thing with racing drivers is that they don’t really like being passengers if they can help it (which is why some of them take flying lessons and operate helicopters and the like)…

      2. I loved the way Massa was clearly enjoying it from the outset and Alonso was holding his breath from fear?

        Looks like Felipe likes riding rollercoasters a lot more than Fernando does. I do get it, going fast and having everything under control is OK, but not being able to react and steer it and anticipate is quit something different.

        Just remember the last time you were not in the drivers seat on a trip through the mountains.

      3. Really capable people don’t enjoy letting other people do their job. I imagine he doesn’t like to be driven by someone else. let alone a machine.

        I love how he (and Massa) duck when they go close to a pole.

    1. :D Ayayayayayayay!

      I wonder if he does that in an F1 car as well!

      I love the personalities in F1, Alonso is so serious (probably why he is so good come to think of it)…

  1. I don’t blame Fernando for wanting to hold on so tight – I hate those kinds of rollercoasters! I haven’t got the biggest build in the world and often there’s enough space between me and the restraint to make me slip around – not a pleasant experience!

    1. Space Mountain in DisneyLand Paris has that system too, but its top speed is 90 mph, which ends with a quite violent spin.

      Come to think of it, the acceleration is pretty brutal on Space Mountain too.

  2. Fernando’s initial reaction was to cope with the G-Forces presumably in a way that he does in an F1 car, then he realised he just needs to let himself go because he doesn’t have to bother about doing anything else except being a passenger!

    That’s what it looked like to me, and that’s what I also feel when I’m in roller coasters. Too many times I try to fight the G-forces instead of just have fun!

  3. I remember in 1996 (I was only 6 yers old by then), my dad’s wife (my dad is a chicken… that’s why he’s my dad) and I got to a fairly easy rollercoaster.

    it was the worst ride of my life! I was the first one to step out, and I think i’ve never ever ran so quickly in my life. Got to my dad’s arm and started crying… hehe :P

    daddy’s a chicken… and me too!

  4. Looking through the photos at the end of the post, I notice something:

    In nearly every shot, every single one of the remaining championship contenders looks completely relaxed…

    … except for Mark Webber.

    (I’d really like to see Webber take the title, but I seriously think Alonso’s going to take it.)

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